March, 2007

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Wonderful WPF Apps : Thoughtex


    It's been a while since I featued cool WPF Apps.

    Joseph Cooney has been working on a WPF Project which just went  live -, which is a free mind mapping tool written in Windows Presentation Foundation and deployed via ClickOnce.

    How Cool!

    Here's a few screen shots from the site.

    Create graphical concept maps

    Capture Ideas Visually

    Concept map on Vincent van Gogh showing some of his paintings

    Contextual Search

    We know when you're thinking about sunflowers, you don't always want to know about gardening

    Concept map on Vincent van Gogh with focus on the sunflower topic

    Rich editing support

    We borrowed a few ideas from Office

    Editing text in a concept map. Shows formatted fonts and colours.

    Nice and Easy

    Cupertino doesn't have a monopoly on nice, easy to use applications.

    The open map screen looks nice 

    Give it a try!

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    NYT: The Size of a Paperback and Most of the Functions of a Real PC

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    Excerpt from New York Times Article:

    The Size of a Paperback and Most of the Functions of a Real PC

    Hoping to put a PC in every purse, Samsung has upgraded its Q1 line of tiny 1.7-pound portable computers.

    Hugo “Microsoft Tablet PC MVP” Ortega  has been playing with the Q1 for a while.

    To download the Times Reader, click here.

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    A workaround to activation on Windows Vista ?


    I got an email recently from Jeff Headley, Solution Architect at KAZ, regarding an article purporting a workaround to activation on Windows Vista.

    The kind folks from the Windows Genuine Advantage blog have the good oil on this - Another reported workaround ineffective...

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    FW: (frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger) : Updated Microsoft Hosting Solutions Give Service Providers the Tools to Attract Small andMidsize Businesses

    Spammed by one of my own!

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    Hi Frank,

    I want to give you a heads up on Microsofts hosting news that I think will be of interest to you.

    Today at the Microsoft Hosting Summit, Microsoft announced updates to two solutions for hosting service providers: Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration (HMC) Version 4.0 and Microsoft Solution for Windows-based Hosting Version 4.5.

    Following are key highlights:

    The solutions take advantage of the enhancements to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, improving communications and information sharing, and work productivity for SMBs.

    Utilizing Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, HMC 4.0 provides anywhere access for users, built-in protection from spam and viruses, and operational efficiency for IT administrators.

    Windows-based Hosting Version 4.5 leverages SharePoint 3.0, which provides 40 customized templates designed to help address specific business needs, such as time management, accounting, and project tracking, and new tools to create Web-based content, such as blogs and wikis.

    If this is something you are interested in blogging about, and would like more information, please visit Microsofts official Hosting Summit 2007 blog at This contains video clips of the keynote presentations announcing the updates, real-time blogging from inside the show, event photos, and much more.

    Please find the full press release below.

    Updated Microsoft Hosting Solutions Give Service Providers the Tools to Attract Small and Midsize Businesses

    New versions of Hosted Messaging and Collaboration and Windows-based Hosting solutions help hosting providers maximize the benefits of Web 2.0.

    REDMOND, Wash. March 21, 2007 Yesterday at the Microsoft Hosting Summit 2007, Microsoft Corp. announced updates to two solutions for hosting service providers: Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration (HMC) Version 4.0 and Microsoft Solution for Windows-based Hosting Version 4.5. The solutions take advantage of new features in the recently launched Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, two key Microsoft products that improve communications and information sharing and increase worker productivity. With these updates, service providers will have an expanded set of tools along with guidance to help them deliver a complete suite of hosted services to small and midsize businesses (SMBs).

    Hosting providers are at a critical crossroads as the demand for hosted services continues to increase exponentially, particularly from SMBs, said John Zanni, director of Worldwide Hosting at Microsoft. Successful hosters need to go beyond traditional hosting and cost-effectively develop and offer value-added services that will help deepen customer relationships and differentiate themselves from the myriad commodity options that currently exist. Microsoft provides the platform, solutions and guidance to help service providers achieve this.

    Key Benefits of HMC Version 4.0

    The new version of Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration utilizes Exchange Server 2007, the industrys leading platform for e-mail, calendaring and unified messaging. Exchange Server 2007 helps protect the organization with built-in technologies that provide high availability, reduce spam and viruses, enable confidential communications, and aid compliance of regulatory or corporate policies. Employees benefit from anywhere access* to their e-mail, voice mail, calendars and contacts from a variety of clients and devices. Exchange Server 2007 enables new levels of operational efficiency by optimizing hardware, networking resources and features that help make administrators more productive.

    In addition to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Hosted Messaging and Collaboration also incorporates Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 to provide a complete messaging and collaboration service delivering the best possible user experience.

    We rely on Microsoft to help us deliver premier on-demand e-mail and collaboration solutions to our SMB customers, said Amir Hudda, chief executive officer of Apptix. Due to recent acquisitions, we currently operate on multiple platforms comprising different architectures and provisioning systems. With HMC Version 4.0, we will be able to consolidate these systems onto a single platform and turn our focus to new revenue opportunities that will allow us to offer more applications, deliver best-in-class services and support, and attract more customers. We believe that the Hosted Messaging and Collaboration solution has matured to a point where we can now gain significant benefits.

    Reseller Opportunities With HMC

    Service providers and resellers can also work with an HMC private-label provider such as groupSPARK to reach the SMB market with a variety of hosted services. GroupSPARK, a leading Exchange-hosting private-label provider, has developed a platform that allows it to power the HMC solution for resellers, including Web hosters, value-added resellers and systems integrators, that in turn resell the services to SMBs. This model enables resellers to speed time to market while requiring minimal investment in IT infrastructure.

    We work with groupSPARK to deliver to our SMB customers an enterprise-class e-mail and collaboration service that takes full advantage of HMC, said Russ Sprunger, vice president of sales and marketing at EasyStreet Online Services Inc. Choosing to white-label the service gave us an extremely quick time to market with minimal risk, while giving our customers the security-enhanced and reliable experience they were looking for. We not only offer customized services branded with our company name but also offer our customers the local EasyStreet technical support that they know and love.

    Web and Data Hosting Enhancements to Windows-Based Hosting Version 4.5

    Microsoft Solution for Windows-based Hosting Version 4.5 helps service providers reduce operational costs for Web hosting and offer a broader set of Web applications to SMBs. The new version incorporates Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, which provides the ability to deliver lightweight Web-based applications to address specific business needs such as time management and project tracking. SharePoint also features collaboration tools that help organizations increase team productivity and streamline business processes. Available today with SharePoint 3.0 are 40 pre-built application templates. The SharePoint designer tool allows hosters and independent software vendors to customize the applications as well as easily create new ones to better address their particular client needs.

    As a Web hosting company with a strong focus on the SMB market, we find Windows SharePoint Services Version 3.0 to be a powerful enhancement to the Windows-based Hosting solution, said Mark Richman, director of Windows Development at Affinity Internet Inc. The addition of the new application templates helps our customers address real business needs and allows us to rapidly implement the IT solutions they require. The solution also enables us to more easily provision new customers and manage, monitor and update our systems so we can focus on delivering richer applications and better service to our customers.

    In addition to supporting Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Windows-based Hosting Version 4.5 provides a Microsoft SQL Server Hosting Toolkit, which makes it easy for hosters to deploy a SQL Server database in their hosted environment. With ASP.NET AJAX framework support, hosters can now offer developers a richer environment on which to build next-generation Web applications. The technical guidance and tools delivered in Windows-based Hosting 4.5 help service providers lower operational costs and build new service offerings for SMBs.

    Also available is guidance on how to utilize Microsoft Virtual Server in a hosted environment. This guidance outlines how Virtual Dedicated Hosting Scenarios offer new opportunities for service providers by increasing hardware utilization and enabling organizations to rapidly configure and deploy new offerings.

    Microsoft Partner Ecosystem

    With its hosted solutions in the market since early 2000, Microsoft is committed to providing the solutions, tools, guidance and ecosystem of partners to help hosting providers create a more dynamic Web experience for end users. To date, more than 1,000 partners worldwide deliver hosted Exchange services, and more than 250 are making use of Windows-based Hosting.


    Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration Version 4.0 will be available worldwide in April 2007. More information is available at

    Microsoft Solution for Windows-based Hosting Version 4.5 is available immediately. More information on Windows-based Hosting can be found at
    In addition, video clips from the Microsoft Hosting Summit 2007 that highlight these new solutions will be available at

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
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    Microsoft Australia Looking for a Technical Marketing Intern


    The folks in the Microsoft recruitment team have asked me to post this job opportunity. They are looking for a candidate who truly is passionate about technology and about Microsoft, the kind of person who would read my blog !

    **Update** - the role is based in Sydney

    Technical Marketing Intern

    • Great Solutions - Great Team – Great Company – Great Opportunity
    • One Year Graduate Opportunity
    • Facilitate growth and penetration of Microsoft Information Worker Business Division

    This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience working in the Microsoft environment whilst exploring your interest in business and marketing. You are confident working with technology and have a true passion for Microsoft and its products!

    The overall purpose of this position is to facilitate the growth and penetration of Microsoft Business Division (Information Worker) products in the Australian market through the following activities:

    • Assist in the creation overall marketing plan for Microsoft Information Worker
    • Implement tactics based on the marketing plans
    • Monitor and report on the results of all campaigns most importantly ROI on
    • Marketing $ spend
    • Continue with momentum of new product launched in FY06
    • Train the appropriate channels both internal and external

    Are you a creative, action oriented person who has a drive to achieve results? We are looking for your commitment and enthusiasm, and in return will provide the right candidate with fantastic development opportunities.

    You will have completed a degree in Business or Marketing (with an IT component) or IT / Computing with a strong interest in business and marketing. You will also need outstanding academic results to achieve in this role.

    You will need:

    • Strong IT background
    • General familiarity with Microsoft Office Products
    • Ability to write and build scripts for demonstration machines
    • Interest in marketing, sales and business

    Do you have passion, drive and enthusiasm? Great Communication skills? Then consider applying to this great opportunity!

    Please send your application to before Wednesday April 4th 2007.

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    Hello if you were a Search Engine Room attendee


    ** Slides Finally Available

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    G'day to all of you who are visiting as a result of the Search Engine Room conference.

    My panel session seemed to go well.  I will take credit to having inspired one person at least - Search Engine Room aka searchengineroom.

    Big shoutout to my fellow panelists - Andrew Pascoe and Lee Odden, as well as to Martin Kelly for a terrific event.

    It was really nice to finally meet Andrew Pascoe. As I said in my presentation, I have been reading his blog - Under The Rotunda - for ages and it is always good to meet the person behind the url.

    I will pop my slides online in the next few days, but as a teaser - this was the outline

    • Search Engine Room 2007 : Blog Marketing and Optimisation
    • Why am I here?
    • Really – What am I doing here?
    • Blogs + Search = Visits
      • A case study on how blogging can work for a major corporate such as Microsoft.
    • Where do they come from ?
    • What are they looking for?
    • The Long Tail of Content!
    • What’s so great about blogs?
    • Trackbacks are good
    • Final Word
    • Get Started?

    I also want to again acknowledge Hugh Macleod for his fantastic cartoons which featured prominently. Thanks Hugh!

    For those who asked my t-shirt is from ThinkGeek

    Finally, have a look at my speaker badge and see if you notice something weird!

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    Seeya Berno


    It's almost time to say goodbye to our trusty intern, Bernard "Berno" Oh.


    His reign as DPE intern is nearing the end and he will be cast out to the cold cruel world at the end of the week.

    It feels like just yesterday he came into the team, went to India for the Imagine Cup, ran the techEd Student Day and generally did good stuff.

    But the world move's on and we have a new intern ready to fill Berno's shoes. His name is Nick Ellery, and he seems like a nice bloke, but he seems quite shy, I guess he wants to make a good impression.


    Anyways, this is about Berno, not about Nick!

    Berno - thanks for all your hard work over the 12 months. Good luck with the next phase of your career. I'll be following your exploits via your blog

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